Italy have booked their place in the Euro 2020 final after edging past Spain on penalties at Wembley. The Azzurri beat Spain 4-2 in the shootout after 120 minutes of enthralling action in the capital.
Italy’s Federico Chiesa opened the scoring midway through the second-half with a delightful curled finish. However, it wasn’t enough to send his side through in normal time. Soon after coming on as a substitute, Alvaro Morata equalised for Spain to send the game into extra-time.
Although Spain pushed for a winner in extra-time, they weren’t able to find a way past Italy’s backline led so brilliantly by Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. In this case, Roberto Mancini’s players looked happy enough to settle for a shootout, especially given Spain’s recent record from the spot. Alvaro Morata saw his crucial penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, before Jorginho sent Italy through to the final with a nonchalant finish.
The Azzurri are aiming to win their second European Championship and will now meet England in Sunday’s final in the capital. Don’t forget that you can look ahead to tonight’s other semi-final by clicking here.
How are Italy through to the final at Euro 2020?
Friday, June 11: Turkey 0-3 Italy
Wednesday, June 16: Italy 3-0 Switzerland
Sunday, June 20: Italy 1-0 Wales
Saturday, June 26: Italy 2-1 Austria (AET)
Friday, July 2: Belgium 1-2 Italy
Tuesday, July 6: Italy* 1-1 Spain (Italy win 4-2 on penalties after extra-time)
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Article by Sam Straw